Purpose

To recognize University staff members who go above and beyond their normal routines:

  • Resolve a particularly difficult dilemma
  • Being exceptionally creative
  • Been responsive to the needs of others regardless of status
  • Recipients will receive a certificate and be recognized at a future USAC meeting

Meeting with President Erickson

Eligibility

  • All full-time staff are eligible (anyone at the University may submit nominations)
  • Every nomination is considered on its own merit (no comparisons among nominees)
  • The Council will acknowledge as many deserving people as possible
  • Nominations will be reviewed regularly
  • Honorees recognized at Council meetings scheduled throughout the year

Criteria for selecting recipients (list not all-inclusive)

  • Personal Traits
  • Did the nominee have a positive attitude or upbeat personality? Was he/she hard-working, enthusiastic, creative, and/or show a concern for others?
  • Professionalism
  • Did the nominee show reliability and resourcefulness and/or demonstrate a sense of teamwork?
  • Initiative & Interest
  • Nominees typically are...
    1. ...aware of the potential in everyone.
    2. ...willing to reach out--go the extra mile in resolving conflicts/dilemmas.
    3. ...able to provide the support and guidance needed to help make life better for those around them (co-workers, faculty, staff, administrators, students, visitors, etc.).
  • Recent Award Recipients

    On April 11, 2012, the University Staff Advisory Council gave awards to the following individuals:

      Colleen Kosko, Office of the Bursar
      Leigh Ayn McNelis, College of Health and Human Development
      Karen B. Walk, Penn State Blue Band

    Pictured in the photo (from left to right):

    Susan McGarry Basso, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
    Colleen Kosko, Office of the Bursar
    Leigh Ayn McNelis, College of Health and Human Development
    Karen B. Walk, Penn State Blue Band
    Rodney Erickson, University President

    Photo credit: Greg Kordas

  • University Staff Advisory Council Award Nomination Form
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